Who Said Beer Served No Purpose!?
My brother and his two roommates flew into Houston from NYC and after lunch we drove by this house on the way to their hotel in the Galleria area. The house is located just off Memorial at 222 Malone. To find it, leave downtown and go west on Memorial past Shepherd. Turn right on Malone and the house is two blocks up on your right.
The house is not really a destination...but is something to see if you are passing through the area. It really is amazing to look at and wonder if the owner saved all the empty cans and then covered his house with them, or covered the house as he drank the cans. And was he perhaps drunk while he was covering his house??? It is definitely a one of a kind type sight...but don't get your hopes up too high, there is nothing to do but get out of your car, take a look, and then get back in your car. Enjoy your exploration of Houston!
Just turn the house into a pub!
This quaint pub, which is actually a converted house, has been serving beer in it's Rice Village location since 1985. Since then, other locations have been opened in Austin, Dallas, and New York City. But the original is right here! :) The atmosphere is very relaxed and low-key, a good place to sit with friends and just chat. Inside there are booths and tables to sit at, but as stated, it is a converted house, and with the bar itself taking up quite a bit of room, there is not an abundance of wiggle-room in here. To the rear of the pub outside is a patio area with plenty of area to move about. And on weekends there is often a band set up playing live music out here. The pub prides itself on it's extensive list of draught and bottled beers, and when you see the list, you'll know why. Most of the beer on draught is either domestic, English, or German. But they have bottled beer from all corners of the world. Very casual
Great Mexican Sunday Brunch!
Cadillac Bar is the Tex-Mex representative for the mega-enterprise chain of restaurants known as Landry's Restaurants, Inc. And I'm really commenting on one aspect of the restaurant itself: the Sunday brunch. Not that Cadillac Bar isn't a fine establishment to dine at the other 6 days a week, but living in Houston, and having the vast amounts of Mexican restaurants that we have here, I prefer other venues for that. Anyways, as far as the decor in the restaurant, nothing out-of-the-ordinary. They have a sort of fiesta, Cinco de Mayo party theme going on, with streamers hanging from the ceiling, Mexican flags and sombreros on the walls, as well as pictures of well known Mexicans Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. Graffiti is encouraged, so you are permitted to write anywhere, the walls, the ceiling, the tables, wherever. Well, it is a "bar" as well, hence the ambience. The brunch is served from 11am - 3pm. Try to arrive as early as possible, because it starts getting packed after 11:30. The brunch is set up in serve yourself, line fashion. Plenty of food to choose from, including typical Mexican items like tamales, enchiladas, fajitas, and huevos rancheros. There also many American staples such as biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled fish, and ham. They have a full variety of fresh fruits, and great deserts, including key lime pie, sopapillas, and chocolate cake. And of course they have mimosas to sip on if you so desire. Cost is $13.95 per person. Wait staff can be a little slow to fill up your glass of tea, but it's not for lack of effort. They always seem a little understaffed, but not immensely. So if you wake up one Sunday morning in Houston, and happen to be really hungry, this is a great place to take care of that!
Texas Medical Center (TMC) has grown to become one of the world's finest medical centers of patient care, research and education
5.1 Million Patient visits in 2001
15,352 International patients
61,030 Total positions within Texas Medical Center institutions
6,176 Licensed beds plus 345 bassinets
19,332 Students attending regular classes
2,366 Short courses, seminars, and workshops offered
70,568 Participants enrolled in educational and professional courses
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$5.4 Billion Combined operating budgets for member institutions
$13.5 Billion Indirect impact to the Houston's economy
$7 Billion Member institutions capital investments
$714 Million Research activities of Texas Medical Center member institutions
$2.5 Billion+ Received by 19 member institutions as grants for research during the past 5 years
Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are leaders in the research category
$1 Billion Additions to the facilities of member institutions of Texas Medical Center from 2000-2002
740+ Acres with more than 100 permanent buildings
22 Million Gross square feet in physical plant space
20 Miles of private and public streets and roadways in Texas Medical Center
42,436+ Parking spaces used by patients, visitors, students, employees, and others
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Houston Museum of Natural...
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Fun for adults as well as kids. The permanent exibits and planatarium are fairly interesting, but the Butterfly Center and IMAX are the real reasons to go. The IMAX shows are 'educational' and usually last one hour. This is a great place to take the kids. If it's not too hot, pack a picnic lunch to eat in the park or nearby Rose Gardens.